Call Me a Character 5K & Fun Run

Final 5K Details

  • The 5K will start at 10:00 AM exactly at the Al Buehler Trail:  The Costume winners will be announced at 11:00 AM – you do not need to be present to win 
  • Runner check-in will begin at 9:00 AM, at check-in you can pick up your 5K shirt and running bib 
  • If you would like to participate in the costume competition, you must sign-up at the judges table between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Our 5K celebrity judge is Duke Law’s very own Dean Elvin! 
  • Based on our runner sign-up we will also be awarding the following categories for the best run-times:

-   Best overall time in any age category
-   Best overall time for runners ages 31+
-   Best female run time for runners ages 17-30
-   Best male run time for runners ages 17-30

The prizes for these categories are:

A free registration ticket to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon in 2018
One month of unlimited classes at Blue Point Yoga
A complimentary dinner for 2 at Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant in Cary
A $50 gift card to use at Juju’s Asian Tapas + Bar in Durham

At check-in all runners competing in costume competitions may rank which prize they would like to receive if they are a winner in their category. Prizes will be awarded based on the check-in sign-up time (winners with the earliest check-in times will receive their higher preference)


Join us for PILF’s Annual 5K and Fun Run! All members of the Duke and Durham community are invited, and all proceeds will benefit PILF Grants. This 5K will be an un-timed fun run at 5K length. All family, friends, children and pets are welcome. This year, our 5K theme is "Call Me a Character" and all runners are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from film, literature, or pop culture. See the details below for awesome competition and prize opportunities!

When: November 11, at 10:00 AM 
Where: Al Buehler Trail 

Early Registration: November 1st – 6th, 11:15 a.m. - 1:50 p.m., Duke Law School, Star Commons
Sign-up price: $20 (including a guaranteed 5K T-shirt)

Regular Registration: November 7th – 10th, 11:15 a.m. - 1:50 p.m., Duke Law School Star Commons
Sign-up price: $25 (5K T-shirt not guaranteed)


Costume Competition:

All runners have a chance to win amazing prizes by dressing up in character gear! To qualify for the Costume Competition, stop by the judges booth between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on race day. Let the judge know which category you qualify for, and get a chance to explain your costume. *You must be a registered runner to compete in the costume competition! Runners without a registration number will not be considered. Prizes will be awarded by our celebrity judge in the following categories:

  • Best Group Costume – Prize has been changed to a 6 person pass to Bull City Escape

    Most Duke Spirit – One $125 gift card to Duke Stores for a custom basketball jersey

    Cutest Couple’s Costume - Three 60-minute Couples Personal Training Sessions from Sync Studio

    Partners in Crime – 2 tickets to any public game at NC Escape

    *Best Celebrity Doppleganger
    *Best Literary Character
    *Best Film/Television Character

    *For these categories participants will rank their preference for the following prizes: One $25 Gift Card to Pompieri Pizza, One $25 Gift Card to Bull City Burger and Brewery, or One 5 Class Pass to Carolina Yoga Company
    *Prizes will be awarded based on order of costume sign-up time (winners with the earliest check-in times will receive their higher preference).

Sponsor A Professor:

All members of the Duke Community are eligible to donate to PILF through our Sponsor A Professor Initiative. A select few law school professors have pledged to run the 5K if $100 is raised in their name! If $150 is raised in their name, these professors will dress up to participate in the 5K in their character costume! Stop by the PILF 5K registration booths to donate today!

Participating Professors:

beale_sara.jpg Professor Sara Sun Beale
jedediah_purdy.jpg Professor Jedediah Purdy

richman.jpg Professor Barak Richman

 Professor Paul Haagen

Ultimate 1L Challenge:

This year, the 1L section with the most  5K participants will win our Ultimate 1L Challenge. In addition to bragging rights, this entire section will also be awarded with a food & beverage party sometime after the 5K!



Click these links for a daily update on Sponsor A Professor Funds Raised and the Ultimate 1L Challenge:

Sponsor a Professor:

Ultimate 1L Challenge:

For any questions about PILF's Call Me a Character 5K and Fun Run, please contact Victoria Aranda at